Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 11, 2009

Your Choice Reveals Your Priority

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

          Luke 10:41-42

As a child of God, how is our relationship with Christ? Are we able to sit still and content in the presence of God? The best example for the kind of relationship Jesus expects from us is mentioned in Luke chapter 10, in the story of Martha and Mary. Jesus was in the middle of his ministry and he came to a village where Martha lived. She opened her house for Jesus. Now, that is not a simple task. You should think about the crowd that follows Jesus. The place will be crowded with people who wants to listen to Him and also many sick will be present there expecting great miracles from Him. Do not forget that when Jesus was in a house, people even broke the roof of that house to bring down a paralytic man in his bed. So opening one’s house for Jesus was definitely a bold decision..only a strong passionate believer could do that. And we see that Martha did that.

Let us imagine, Jesus coming to our house. How will we react? I would say, if I know early that he is on the way, then I would definitely clean my house, make everything neat and clean, arrange the seats so that, many can be accommodated. Oh…then I will think about food. What would I give Him? What should be the menu? How much should I cook for this many people? All these questions will be running in the back of my mind. More than that, when I’m in stress welcoming guests, I will expect everybody else in the house to think like and responsible. That was the same reaction Martha had. She wanted everything to be perfect for welcoming Jesus.

On the other hand, we see another sister living in the same house, not so frantically thinking about the household matters, but very relaxed and content at the feet of Jesus. That time and culture is totally different from ours. In those times, ladies were meant to do the household matters and they were not allowed to learn from the Torah. But Mary is at the feet of Jesus against all her cultural limitations.

Martha was so overwhelmed by all the preparations she was engaged in and could not digest the fact that Mary is sitting without worried about the matters of the house. She interrupts Jesus and complains to Him about Mary. And Jesus out of compassion told her,”Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

When God revealed to me this thought, I could relate very well to Martha. I would say both Martha and Mary were passionate about Jesus. Only a strong follower could open her house for Jesus. Mary’s devotion towards Jesus shows that she is also a faithful disciple. Then what is the difference in their attitude? Their priority is set right too…and that is Jesus. But in that same priority itself, there are different levels. Mary chose the best and the most beneficial one for her soul.. to sit in His presence and to listen to Him. Martha in her hurry to give everything perfectly for Jesus, forgot about the reason for His visit.

It is the same in our spiritual life too. We forget who our God is and worry about all the less important things. We easily get frustrated with simple things in life. All we care  is to try doing everything right and forget to trust God for who He is. If only I could have that content attitude like Mary. For her, nothing else matters except the presence of Jesus in her life. Her mind and thoughts are focused only on Jesus. I wonder how she could do that? Because, a woman will always have a thought process going on in her head no matter what she is doing. What will I make for dinner? What will I serve them? Is anybody making any mess in the house? Like this lot of distractions…Today, let us meditate on our relationship with God. Our priority may be set right and that is to serve Jesus. But when in the presence of God, what is that bothers us the lot. Are we able to sit quiet, content and well settled. Or are we worried and upset about many things?

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Very blessed devotion. These days your devotions are penetrating deeper and deeper into me.

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